Happy Thanksgiving, Seawolves

As we head into the long weekend, I want to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives and spend time with those we hold dear. It has been an unprecedented year for all of us, and this will serve as a much needed opportunity to relax and recharge.

Free HIV screenings on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

The UAA Student Health and Counseling Center will offer Free HIV screening on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to UAA students taking at least one credit. Students must not be COVID-19-positive, not be waiting for COVID-19 test results, not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms and not have traveled in the past two weeks. Call 907-786-4040 for an appointment.

WiFi Router and TV for sale

Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 tri-band Wi-Fi router, 1 year old asking $150 Vizio 24" HDTV, few years old, great picture with remote, asking $75

Dec. 4: RISC Survey Analysis Webinar

Vice Provost for Student Success Claudia Lampman invites you to attend a RISC Survey Analysis webinar on Friday, Dec. 4, from 9-10 a.m. via Zoom. The RISC survey, conducted in February and early March, assessed student- identified barriers to success and student views of their UAA experience. The detailed, actionable data reveals student perspectives of our institutional strengths and challenges related to affordability, campus environment, and social support.

Get cozy with the new, digital edition of Alumni Spirit magazine

Petri dishes on the cover of fall 2020 Alumni Spirit magazine

In this gratitude-themed issue of UAA’s premier publication, read about how the university’s partnership with local industry professionals produce graduates ready to enter the workforce, meet Seawolf alumni doing amazing work in their communities, and more!

The new Native Student Services

The four alumni staff of Native Student Services

The all-alumni staff at UAA’s Native Student Services talk about the importance of representation and the completely revamped Native Early Transition Program, growing it from a brief introductory phase to a two-year mentorship opportunity and academic pathway.

College During COVID

Brittney Horn reads off instructions to her lab partner as UAA medical assisting program students learn to sterilize medical instruments during their first in-person lab of the fall 2020 semester. While 80% of UAA’s courses have shifted to online delivery this fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person labs are still being offered for some health-related, vocational and science fields in which hands-on learning is considered critical.

“Unprecedented” has been a buzzword for the year 2020, and with no end in sight to the global COVID-19 pandemic, UAA administrators, faculty and staff had to get creative to keep students motivated and on track for the spring and fall semesters.

Update on Interim chancellor selection

Your engagement in UAA’s interim chancellor selection has been invaluable, thank you. More than 300 employees, students, and alumni responded to the attributes survey and we received more than 90 nominations for the role. The Search Committee has streamlined the attributes feedback into nine that describe the desired characteristics for UAA’s interim chancellor (see list below). The vast number of nominations has meant that it will take longer than initially anticipated to produce a “short list,” and when approved by President Pitney these will be the finalists for the position.

UAA celebrates Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 1 kicks off an exciting month to celebrate Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month. Native Student Services, Native Student Council, in partnership with the YouAA committee for Cultural and Heritage Month celebrations and a variety of other campus and community partners, put together a wonderful month of events.

ITS Technical Support Center holiday hours

The UAA IT Technical Support Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The UAA IT Technical Support Center will resume normal operating hours on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. If you have questions or concerns, please contact IT Services Technical Support Center at 786-4646.